One of the modifications made to the shop trailer was to add Front Levelers …
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The threaded levelers allow the trailer to be a stable work platform in my shop.
In addition ( for more free space in the shop ) the front yoke towing unit can be removed creating ( approximately ) a 4 foot by 4 foot low workshop platform which can be rolled around to different areas in the shop using a 3rd wheel.
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The first step was to use the metal lathe to cut a welding bevel in the 1″ nuts …
Used the raw (non-coated) steel nuts found on the Phoenix Metal Scrounge
Next cleaned the paint & rust off the old leveling tubes to prep for welding …
Also found 2 scrap pieces of left-over center round steel slugs from a previous project that were created when drilling large holes in metal with a hole saw …
The reason I cut the existing 1″ nuts off the old levelers was because they were not welded on as straight as I would like and had rusted over time. I wanted them to thread easier so cut off the old nuts & prepped the new 1″ nuts for welding.
Another reason for cutting the bevel in the 1″ nuts was to create a method to align the nuts using a long threaded 1″ rod on the inside of the tubing.
The beveled nut fit inside the tubing, and as the threaded rod was tightened using another nut on the other end, it perfectly aligned and held secure for welding.
Once the 1″ nuts were welded on, I then used a magnet to line up the end caps…
After the End Caps were welded, I then drilled out the 1/4″ diameter existing hole-saw hole to 5/16″ diameter to tap for 3/8″-16 TPI (Threads Per Inch)
I will put some Anti-Seize on two 3/8″ bolts and screw them into the end caps to keep rain water out; however, if needed I can use the threaded holes to attach brackets to lift the platform trailer from it’s 4 corners with my chain hoist.
Used a ‘Ratcheting’ tap holder which make short work threading large holes!
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Also welded 1″ nuts to the ends of two 10″ lengths of 1″ All-Thread to act as adjustable height leg foot pads … This time I will put lots of Anti-Seize on the threaded legs to prevent rust.
When the welding & tapping was done I painted the new Front Leveler parts.
Used a 1″ thread tap to correct any weld warp & clean out paint on threads.
Another set of parts ready to mount on the Workshop Trailer Platform
~ CHEERS!! …
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